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FAQs: Civil Aviation Authority

What is the validity period of a priority notice to register a mortgage?
A mortgage registered within 14 days shall be deemed to have priority from the time when the priority notice was registered.
Can a mortgage be registered for a Cayman Islands registered aircraft as security for a loan for that aircraft?
A mortgage can be registered for an aircraft registered in the Cayman Islands as security for a loan or other valuable consideration for that aircraft, or for any store or spare parts for that aircraft.
Do I need prior permission to operate a charter flight into the Cayman Islands?
All foreign registered aircraft operating into the territory for valuable consideration (given or promised) must obtain an appropriate operating permit (scheduled or non-scheduled) from the CAACI. Application forms are provided at web link CAACI Operating Permit Forms.
What is the cost to register an aircraft in the Cayman Islands?
The costs associated with registering an aircraft are listed on the Summary of Fees Page.
What forms of payment are accepted?
Methods of payment are described at web link Payment Methods Page.
What reference should be listed when paying by wire transfer?
The aircraft registration mark and invoice #'s being paid should be referenced on the wire transfer.
When are payment of invoices due?
Payment of invoices should be made within 30 days of the invoiced date.
What is the conversion rate of CI$ to US$ for your invoices?
Invoices produced by the CAACI are quoted in Cayman Islands Dollars (CI$). The rate of conversion to United States Dollars (US$) is US$1 = CI$0.82.
Can the validation certificate be mailed to my home address?
The validation certificate is normally returned to the address of the operator of the aircraft, unless otherwise requested by him.
What is the cost of a pilot licence validation certificate?
A validation certificate is issued for twelve months and cost CI$250.00 or US$ 304.88.
Must the pilot licence include the aircraft rating for the aircraft proposed to be flown?
Yes, the appropriate aircraft rating must be included in the licence.
What is the normal period for processing a validation application?
The normal period is five working days after receipt of all required documentation.
How can I obtain a pilot licence validation certificate?
Pilot licence validations are obtained by submitting an application on the Pilot Licence Certificate of Validation Renewal form.
What is the normal period of validity of a Certificate of Airworthiness?
Certificate of Airworthiness is valid for one year and may be renewed up to 60 days prior to expiry and still retain the original anniversary date.
What organisation is eligible for the grant of an OTAR 145 Approved Maintenance Organization?
All of the organizations listed in the previous question.
What organization is eligible for an "Acceptance of Maintenance Arrangements" Approval?
Any maintenance facility that has received acceptance/approval from the following: FAA 145 Repair Station Approval, JAA/EASA 145 Maintenance Approval and, Transport Canada CAR 573 Approved Maintenance Organization.
Can a specific aircraft registration mark be reserved?
Yes, an aircraft registration mark may be reserved at an additional cost of CI$100 for the next sequenced mark or for CI$300 for an out of sequence marking.
Do I need an operating permit to fly an owner operated private aircraft into the Cayman Islands
No, an owner operated aircraft that is operated for private purposes do not require a permit.
How can I obtain a copy of the Cayman Islands Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)?
The Cayman Islands AIP is published by the Cayman Islands Airports Authority. A copy may be obtained from the CIAA’s Air Traffic Control/Aeronautical Information Services at - or from this web link CIAA AIP
Which Authority is responsible for the management and operation of airports in the Cayman Islands?
  1. The Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA) is responsible for the management and operation of the Owen Roberts and Gerrard-Smith International Airports.
  2. Edward Bodden Airfield, Little Cayman is a privately owned airstrip for domestic flights only. Operational control is under the Sister Islands District Administration.
Can I obtain assistance locally with applying for a Cuban over-flight permit?
No, but this can be obtained by contacting one of the following companies:
When should a Mandatory Occurrence Report be made and how should the report be submitted?
This process is explained in the CAACI web link Mandatory Occurrence Reporting.
What is required to obtain approval for a fireworks or laser light display?
The following application form should be filled out and submitted: Notification of Outdoor Laser, Search Light or Fireworks Operations
What restrictions apply for building in the vicinity of the Owen Roberts and Gerrard-Smith international airports?
The Cayman Islands Airport Authority has jurisdiction over legislation pertaining to the development and control of obstacles affecting Owen Roberts and Gerrard-Smith Airports. The contact for guidance is the Senior Manager Air Navigation Services, Cayman Islands Airports Authority, P.O.Box.10098, Grand Cayman KY1-1001, Tel: 345 943-7070